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Friday 5th March 1999 - 9pm-4am

Trippy, hoppy, dubby night

The Students Union has such a good reputation (and deservedly so) that it regularly pulls in non-student crowds from the town. This months biggest session, entitled Lost The Plot, was such a banging party that anyone who missed it should hang their heads in shame. I never believed there could be 'varying styles of techno' - i thought it was all the same humping thumping hard and fast beats, but I was wrong. Cafe mondial tempted clubbers with organ shaking vibrations and breath stopping techno. Anyone with a pacemaker was doomed. The impressive visuals and blinding strobe were hard to take in large doses but added to the ambience.

The main arena played host to a solidly thumping, but more tinny, mash up of hard beats. Market stalls sold lumo body-paint and other decorations. Psychedelic aztec-style drapes clung to all the walls and the stary ceiling, giving the room much more texture.

Mojo's cafeteria-cum-bar served food to keep energy levels up, while the DJ spun some darker electro vibes - a Daft Punk meets Depeche Mode scenario.

Upstairs was a deliciously decorated chill-out room. A dark smoky hole scattered with bean bags and bodies embraced mushy sleepyheads and smoochies alike. Brightly lit suspensions dangled from above. It was a kind of boogie-woogie scout camp, minus the camp-fires and marshmallows. Music ranged from reggae to dreamy trippy eclectic tunes, deep house to trippy hoppy dubby twiglet. It was £4/5 in advance and certainly worth it. Keep your eyes peeled for the next big one.

Jamie Cox

Reading Evening Post.


Main Room

Ping Pong (Samsara, Astral Phoenix) - trance - 9-10.30, Audio Pancake (live) (Smitten) - acid techno - 10.30-11.30, Yazz (Otherworld, Pagan) - organic psychedelic techno - 11.30-1, Acid Rockers (live) (Blue Room Released) - hi-tech & banging - 1-2.30, Orange Peel (Trancentral) - acid techno - 2.30-4.

Room 2

Livid - trauma, daft kunt (dj set), scrawny beaver, geezer.

Room 3

Our usual room of eclectic beats featuring James Ratcliff, Paschal (21:3 Records), Rolling Stock Productions (live), Uno Dave, PSJ (PVC).

Room 4

Ambient chillout Music from the folk who bring you Fushion and... Reiki Indian head massage, Chai stall, Bean bags/comfy seating.

And look out for performances from Lydia Clymidia, with her Flower Fairies, Siamese Twins and other surprises as well as Hipnotic, Earth Action, pedal-powered sculpture and hippie trinkets!

RUSU, Shinfield Road, Reading Tickets from Portfolio @ RUSU (0118) 9860222 or Hipnotic (12 Union Street, Reading) 4 NUS (adv), 5 non-NUS (adv), 6.50 door To ensure entry, arrive before 11.30pm

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